Fare Thee Well, Fantastic Boss of Mine!
That man you would see in the video above is John Peters, my boss of the past four years. He is perhaps THE most knowledgeable person I know in the field of children’s literature. Yesterday was John’s last day, as he officially retired from working at New York Public Library. During his time (he began in 1980) he served on everything from the Caldecott committee (Black & White) to the Newbery (A View from Saturday). I am pleased to see that he will serve yet again as part of the 2012 Caldecott committee.
Good luck, John! And please visit often. I’m gearing up for facing what I approximate to be about fifteen years’ worth of people walking in saying, “John’s gone? GONE??” with horror in their eyes.
We will all miss him very very much.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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